NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Providence College women’s ice hockey team defeated the Merrimack College Warriors, 6-2, on Saturday Oct. 29 at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass. Providence scored four unanswered goals in the second period to take its second Hockey East win and second win on the weekend. Providence improved to 5-5-0, 2-1-0 HE and Merrimack moved to 4-5-1, 2-2-0 HE.
The Friars took the lead mid-way through the first period when Emily Landry (Orangeville, Ontario) picked up the puck out of the corner in the offensive zone and fed Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) in the high slot. Friesen took a low and hard shot that cleanly beat Merrimack goaltender, Samantha Ridgewell, for a 1-0 Friar lead.
With three seconds remaining in the first period, Merrimack tallied the equalizer from Jessica Bonfe.
Providence recorded eight shots to Merrimack’s five and Alanna Serviss (Chicago, Ill.) made four saves in the opening period.
The Friars opened the second period with a goal in the first 19 seconds when Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) stole the puck off the wall and carried it behind the net, where she fed Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) whose shot beat Ridgewell’s five-hole.
Providence added two more goals in 18 seconds, both from Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario). Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario) assisted on Boquist’s first goal after receiving a breakout pass from Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.). Putigna fed Boquist on the rush, who one-timed it home from the slot. Boquist’s second goal came when she forced a turnover in the offensive zone, skated into the slot, and took a shot to go in top shelf.
The Friars added a fourth second period goal on the power play with less than five minutes remaining. Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) moved the puck from the corner to Boquist on the half-wall. Boquist fed Friesen on the point, who took a one-timer that deflected off of a body in front and past Ridgewell to give the Friars a 5-1 lead.
Merrimack opened the third period with a goal from Paige Voight at 7:44 to make the score 5-2.
Providence responded with the second power play goal of the night from Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) at 12:41. Boquist recorded her fourth point of the night after moving the puck across the offensive zone to Friesen on the point. Friesen redirected the puck to Sansone who was just above the faceoff circle for the Friars’ sixth goal of the night. With the goal, Providence went two-for-two on the power play and three-for-three on the penalty kill, making them perfect on special teams.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. against New Hampshire.
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